There are moments in our nation’s history that are unforgettable, incredibly important, poignant, and timeless. One of those moments took place fifty years ago when the one and only Martin Luther King Jr. gave a moving and stirring work of oration which is now known as the “I have a dream speech.” It is considered to be one of the most important speeches ever, and for good reason. It doesn’t just have an incredibly strong message, but Martin Luther King Jr.’s words are so beautifully strung together.
And here’s a fascinating fact about the speech: the whole “I have a dream,” part of the speech was improvised. It was not included in the original copy that he and his speech writer Clarence B. Jones had prepared. MLK totally went off script and made history. It was said that his cue to transform the speech was when his friend, the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson yelled out, “Tell em about the dream.'” These words inspired Martin Luther King to push aside his speech and give an oratory masterpiece. Check out 6 of the most poignant lines from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream speech” right here:
I Have a Dream 1 of 6
Before the above quote he stated:
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice."
Every Valley 2 of 6
He finished off saying, "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."Since he was a very religious man, of course his faith was sprinkled amongst his words.
With This Faith 3 of 6
After his refrains of "I have a dream," he stated:
"This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day."
Let Freedom Ring 4 of 6
Leading up to the above quote, Martin Luther King said:
"Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi -- from every mountainside."
Creed 5 of 6
A perfect quote and a perfect message.
Let Us Not Wallow 6 of 6
A timeless quote — no matter what, none of us should wallow in despair.
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You can read the entire speech right here.